Pale yellow Clivia from my garden.
I hope everyone thoroughly enjoyed their Easter Weekend!
It was beautiful here in Santa Barbara.
I spent some time in my garden. Despite the lack of rain here, necessitating a serious cut back on water usage, it’s been a stellar Spring for our roses.
Much better than last season, when my babies had to suffer through the vestiges of a ‘bad haircut’ earlier in the year. We all know what that feels like.
The good news is my friend Dani Hahn, from “Rose Story Farm” assures me that roses don’t need much water to thrive. I plan on doing an entire week of rose posts soon, so I’ll leave the rose talk at that for now.
I also took a couple of beautiful hikes this week, including one to the top of the mountains above Montecito with a good friend who was celebrating her birthday. Nothing like reaching the peak after a hard climb to appreciate and commemorate the passing of another year. The stone heart stays the same but the messages change. This week we found one worth sharing.
The mist cleared when we reached the summit and the views were just gorgeous.
So Game of Thrones. (OK, I still haven’t watched it yet!)
The wild flowers were sprouting and the hills were surprisingly green.
Why don’t I hike every week?!
On a sadder note,
We lost a great literary legend with the passing of Gabriel Garcia Marquez on Thursday.
I remember so very clearly the first time I read “Love in the Time of Cholera”. It was as if I’d had the air knocked out of me. This love story, this incredible love story-it seeped into every fibre of my being. I was not even on this planet from the very first page to the last. It’s one of the few books I’ve read more than once.
and I’m rereading it again this week.
Sorry “Middlemarch” but I’m kicking you to the curb for a few days. I’m quite sure George Eliot would understand.
and lastly, back on a lighter note;
One of my friends was rocking Black & Yellow the day after my post on the same, so I just simply had to share this.
Ines de La Fressange or what?!
Oh, just one more thing…
While we are on the subject of favourites? This happened last night! Bryan Ferry came to our little Santa Barbara Bowl and he was simply wonderful. The man is pure elegance in a top coat. Yes, a top coat.
That’s my kind of rock star <3